2 Florida Moms Sentenced for Staged Accident Insurance Fraud

January 16, 2013

Two South Florida mothers have been sentenced to prison for their roles in staging car accidents to commit fraud on insurers.

Federal prosecutors said that 42-year-old Ana Ovando of West Palm Beach was sentenced to more than six years in prison after a jury convicted her of mail fraud. Court records show Ovando used her five children as part of the staged car wrecks.

Earlier this month, 39-year-old Janice Velez of West Palm Beach was sentenced to two years in prison as part of the same scheme.

Evidence showed the women submitted false insurance claims for chiropractic and massage therapy they did not need or receive.

The case is part of a broader fake-accident investigation in which 26 people have been charged to date.

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  • January 22, 2013 at 12:57 pm
    truth says:
    Justice! How about endangering the lives of a minor? were any Dad's involved or did the women even know who the "Dad's" were???
  • January 22, 2013 at 9:34 am
    Dave says:
    And people complain about the cost of insurance. Even in "wins" such as this the insurer still assumes significant costs in defending their stake. These women should be forced... read more
  • January 18, 2013 at 6:15 pm
    insuranceland.org says:
    It is good to see the system work.
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